Voiceover Narration: Creating Performances from the Inside Out (Paperback)
  • Voiceover Narration: Creating Performances from the Inside Out (Paperback)

Voiceover Narration: Creating Performances from the Inside Out (Paperback)

Paperback 224 Pages
Published: 01/07/2021
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What goes on inside a great narrator to make them great? This ground-breaking work answers this question by exploring the psychophysical aspect of voiceover. The reader is given a bird’s-eye view of the professional narrator’s mental, physical, and vocal ”machinery” as well as an in-depth look at the underlying currents that power it: energy, intention, emotion, connection, and flow.

Ideal for all—from novice to seasoned voiceover pro—Voiceover Narration inspires the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the nuances of voiceover performance within each narration subgenre, including audiobooks, corporate films, documentaries, e-learning, and explainer videos.

With wisdom, humor, and personal anecdotes, Dian Perry shares everything she has learned about narration from decades as a voice actor and teacher. Her advice is supplemented by graphics, worksheets, and a variety of sample text for practice.

Voiceover Narration is a much-needed handbook that guides voice actors in creating and delivering more intuitive voiceover performances.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350158504
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 292 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm


I am struck by the emphasis on narration and storytelling, as well as an articulation of the mind-body-voice connection ... I have not encountered a VO text that delves deeply into this arena, and it would be exciting to read a detailed account, guidelines, and exercises/analysis of what is actually at play in the mind-body of the speaker. - Christine Woodberry, Boston University School of Theatre, US

A great book providing an insider’s approach to voiceover narration ... The author is knowledgeable and authoritative about her subject and writes in an approachable and professional way. - David Carey, Voice and Text Director, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, US

This book is unique and offers an approach, delivered as a step-by-step course, to the field of voice-over/narration work. - Alex Taylor, Head of Voice, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, UK

The different areas of voice work require differing vocal and personality strengths and Dian details and defines them clearly. Dian has managed to refine her thoughts and advice on vocal performance and make them easy to put into practice. The book is informative and also incredibly practical, with sample scripts and ideas to implement. She has focused my own self discovery and allowed me to feel freer in performance. - Ana Clements, UK

Dian Perry brings something new to [the] mix. Psychology first, rather than voice techniques or text analysis … Key ideas are around energy, intention and emotion … If you’re just starting out you’ll find some solid advice to get you off on the right foot. If you’ve been a voiceover for a while, you’ll likely find some interesting new angles to approach a script from. - Natalie Cooper, UK

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